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Birthday Money Spending Pickups.

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It was my birthday over the weekend, and I got myself a good amount of birthday money. I went out and got myself a lot of awesome gaming stuff. There’s some boring things that I needed like new jeans and shirts, but let’s talk about the good stuff!

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Early in the morning, I went to my local carboot sale and found a Russian man selling a whole bunch of games including a Sega Saturn Virtua Gun. It was a bummer that House of the Dead wasn’t included with the gun, but I bought 10 games from the seller for £50. Typically I don’t spend more than £30 at a carboot sale, but I did get a WiiU Game, Nintendo Land, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles on Wii, and Harvest Moon Magical Melody all boxed, complete and in great condition. The only unboxed games I got from the seller was Street Fighter 2 Turbo and FlashBack on the SNES. Even if I spent £50 on all this, it was originally going to be £65! But the seller was quite a pushover and haggled it down to £50; £15 off for all that isn’t bad at all! Continue reading

So… Zork…

Yeah… Zork…

One thing I never though I’d get into, text adventures. I bought the Zork Anthology on GOG. Featuring, Zork 1, 2, 3, Zero, Beyond, and PlanetFall. Now yes you can technically get Zork 1 through 3 for free on Infocom’s website, but the version on GOG is guaranteed to work straight out of the box (well in this case download) on your brand spanking sparkling Windows 7 (or 8, if you’re a lunatic) machine. But what’s also cool about the GOG version is the content that they throw with it such as maps, manuals, history articles about the game and it’s lore. There’s a lot more in this package than just dumping Zork DAT files into a Frotz emulator.
So, whilst I was on a podcast with good ol’ IndieSeoul. I found a copy of Zork 1 for the Japanese Sega Saturn. First I thought, “A text adventure that fit on a 1.4 mega byte floppy on a 700 mega byte CD? What a waste!” But soon I discovered that even when the game is still a text adventure, it has a pretty cool looking FMV intro with music. and whilst playing the game, you have a monochrome image in the background of the scenery in the game behind the game’s text.
Interestingness, the game plays using the controller, but you string together pre-set verbs and nouns together to make a command using up and down on the directional pad. Mind you it’s all in Japanese, so I have no real idea what it says, though I can recognise the house and the forest in the beginning of the game.

In the last few days though, I had an odd hankering to play this Zork game, it was sitting on my hard drive doing a lot of nothing, so I booted it up and went on an adventure!

The famous first steps in Zork 1

There was just something that took me on Zork that I couldn’t describe, maybe it was the mystery about why I’m in front of this house, or why I’m in this world, but I have to do something, so try everything in the confines of typing commands on the screen. So if there’s a door you can open, you’d type “open door”, or if there’s a troll to fight you’d type “attack troll”. It’s a pretty cool experience, especially if you’re like me who went to University, did IT as a major, and learnt commands on Linux terminals. It took me back to my Uni days, despite the fact I went to university 23 years after the release of Zork 1.

One thing I found about this text adventure, is that I could totally imagine what’s happening in the game. It’s writing is very “direct”. Unlike my writing, where I like to waffle a lot, yeah I’m honest with myself, Zork 1 get’s the story directly to you with the least amount of text possible without feeling like you’ve missed out on anything.
Zork 1 running on my Nexus 7!
But one thing I do enjoy is how I know have Zork 1 running on almost everything! I have it on my PC through DOSBox. On my Raspberry Pi using Frotz. and on my tablet and smart phone with jFrotz. Now I wish there’s an English version of the Sega Saturn game to add to my “What can I put Zork on to” list. Maybe there’s a way to hack it onto the Wii, 360 and PS3, heh!
So yeah, I’m now going to see if I can beat Zork 1 and get onto Zork 2! 😀